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September 4, 2015

Pulled Under Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway

Pulled Under by Sarah Darlington

Synopsis:
man-child. noun.
: a grown man who is very immature, therefor considered a man-child

manwhore. noun.
: a promiscuous man who has no regard for his sexual partners or the emotional value of his relationships

Rhett Morgan couldn’t have been more wrong for me. The guy drank beer in the shower, for crying out loud. He had no prospects for the future, had slept with half the women in our beach town of Kill Devil Hills, and had no desire to change his manwhore ways.

And when Ben Turner, the guy I had loved from afar for the past four years, died and I couldn’t get over his death, I desperately needed a distraction. A distraction like Rhett. So I used him for a one-night stand. Because, after all, that’s the only thing a guy like Rhett is good for…right?

***New Adult Romance. This novel is the third book in the Kill Devil Hills series, however it can be read as a standalone. Recommended for 18+

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Review

 

Pulled Under is the third book in the Kill Devil Hills series and the second that I’ve read. I previously read Changing Tides and absolutely loved the writing and utter uniqueness of the story.  My recommendation is almost to not have read the previous books in the series before reading Pulled Under.  Sarah Darlington does a wonderful job of introducing the characters and writing about past events so that you never feel lost. I think reading Changing Tides actually impeded my reading since I knew a great portion of the story and some of Sydney and Rhett’s story, but that’s just my thoughts.

The story starts off set two years in the past with Sydney Michaels getting her heart broken at seeing her high school crush in a compromising situation.  She felt then that she’d never have a chance with him until two years later she had a class with him at the local college.

I spent all my time watching hopeless romances, living in a dream world waiting for Prince Charming to come rescue me from my mundane life. But this wasn’t Sixteen Candles and Jake Ryan wasn’t about to ditch his hot girlfriend for pathetic, naïve me.

Ben, Sydney’s high school crush, and her because close during their class together and when she finally had the nerve to speak about her feelings for him, Ben informed her that he was leaving for California for the National Coast Guard. Knowing that he needed her support, Sydney didn’t tell him about her feelings and encouraged his moved.  Only a few months later Sydney learned that Ben had died out at sea to leave her haunted with many ‘what ifs’.

Even with Rhett’s description as a manwhore and kind of a loser, he had me instantly oohing and awing from the beginning of his and Sydney’s first meeting.

And you shouldn’t let one guy define you. You should never cry over someone as stupid as a guy. Because trust me, we’re all stupid when it comes to women. And you shouldn’t kiss me either. Your first kiss should be memorable and special—something that makes you smile for the rest of your life. Ask anyone, I’m not ‘first kiss’ material. I’m not ‘last kiss’ material either. And you are—”

He said the sweetest things to her and you could tell he wasn’t trying to be his usual player self. Luckily the story is told from dual point of views so we get an insight into Rhett’s mind and know how he truly feels for Sydney.

It was sad to read that while Sydney had developed feelings for Rhett and I mean who wouldn’t? He was his true self with her showing her that he was sweet, charming, and experiencing for the first time feeling truly connected to someone. Sydney may have felt that connection to Rhett and saw that he was more than what rumors led her to believe, but she still had feelings for Ben and knew it wouldn’t be fair to string Rhett along.

Rhett had finally found a girl that he wanted more with. One that he saw a future with but felt he was unworthy of her and that he’d never compare to Ben.  It didn’t help that Sydney’s brother hated him for some unknown reason.

She’d never been mine. She was never going to be mine. This was over before it had even started. Time for me to man the fuck up and move on.

How could they start a relationship with Ben still haunting Sydney, the disapproval of her brother, and Sydney being away for college?

This is another great book by Sarah Darlington.  In both books, I felt an immediate connection with the characters and easily pictured their story playing out in my head. I look forward to reading the conclusion to the series in Adrift. Sydney is innocent and shy but also has a fiery and fun side to her.  Rhett couldn’t be more opposite. He is a few years older, outgoing, a previous player and a manwhore, but he also had a side that he didn’t let others see that had me melting for him from the very beginning.

The epilogue ended in the same place as book two and I was sad that the story didn’t progress further than from where Changing Tides ended.  Not only did I want more of Sydney and Rhett’s relationship, but I wanted to know see more of Ellie and Nathanial’s relationship too.

If you are looking for a quick read to finish in under a day and to story of finding love and a chance at starting over then this is the book for you.  I highly recommend you read Sarah Darlington’s books.

** ARC was provided by author for a fair and honest review.**

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Series: Kill Devil Hills (FREE) | Changing Tide | Pulled Under ($0.99) | Adrift (Winter 2015)

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Other novels in the Kill Devil Hills Series:

#1: KILL DEVIL HILLS
Noah is determined to escape his past and keep his life under control. Then he saves the life of his best friend’s little sister, Georgina Turner — who is battling her own demons. He can’t get her out of his head, even if Georgina tears down the emotional walls he so carefully built.
Read chapter 1 and 2 here
Amazon ~ Amazon UK
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#2: CHANGING TIDES
Ellie Turner is a lesbian. She knows who she is, loves who she is, and couldn’t care less what the rest of the world thinks of her. Then television star Nate West comes along. All thick muscle and alpha-male testosterone. When Ellie meets him on an airplane, he ignites something inside her she never knew existed.
Amazon ~ Amazon UK
**FREE on Kindle Unlimited**

About Sarah Darlington

Sarah Darlington, a New Adult and contemporary romance author, resides in Virginia with her husband, three-year old, and one more little one on the way. Best known for her Kill Devil Hills Series, she’s also a former flight attendant, with a degree in school counseling, and harbors a huge passion for traveling. She’s especially set on visiting all 50 states.

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